How much is too much weed?
That’s a great question and there isn’t a one-size-fits-all answer when it comes to marijuana dosage. Even most scientists admit they don’t know the answer, in part because studies have been limited, but also because marijuana and the ways people use it have changed faster than the pace of research.
People use marijuana for many reasons, from the recreational and fun to the medically necessary. If you are new to marijuana or are trying it in a different form or to help with a new pain or illness, there are a few things you should know and be aware of. Let’s take a look at some of these facts and warnings:
Not everyone is the same.
People have different body chemistry and tolerance levels that effect how they metabolize anything they put into their bodies. And even genetics, race, and gender all play a factor in how you will react to pot. This is the same with other prescription drugs, and your tolerance should be tested and explored. Regular medical marijuana users generally tolerate a much higher amount of THC than occasional tokers, but metabolism varies as do levels of body fat – the tissue where breakdown products from pot linger longest.
If you’re under the weather, check your weed first.
People who have compromised immunity or other health problems that can weaken organ systems need to be sure that the cannabis they choose to consume is pure and free of contaminants. Dispensaries are required by law to test for pesticides, mildew, and heavy metals, but it still never hurts to ask about their processes.
When it comes to consumption, you have a lot of choices.
Just look to your local dispensary or collective, and you will be bombarded with the number of ways that you can use marijuana. People consume cannabis in many different ways. It’s no longer just smoking it or baking it into brownies. Now you have your choice of an array of flowers, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. Things like smoking and vaporizing marijuana can have very different effects than ingesting it in edible forms like foods, drinks, and candy, among others. The effects, especially with edibles, can be varied and time-delayed, which means you should always take it slow and wait at least an hour after ingesting a small amount to decide if you want more. Also, the effects of edibles typically last a lot longer.Today’s marijuana can be quite strong so make sure you talk to your budtender and follow their directions. And that doesn’t even take into account the different strains that are available, which takes us to…
You have even more choices when it comes to strain.
There are more than 1,000 strains of marijuana, and the difference is usually the balance of cannabinoids in each strain including THC and CBD. The most familiar of the cannibinoids is THC, probably because that is the compound in marijuana that produces a high. The other compound that most consumers are concerned with is CBD. CBD in many ways can counteract the effects of THC and is also known for its use in treating medical conditions including pain, seizures and spasms. Both of these compounds have purposes in medical treatment, as well as relaxation and achieving a high. Keep in mind that, even if you’re buying the same strain on a regular basis, the intensity and balance of the cannibinoids with still vary from batch to batch and dispensary to dispensary. Proceeding slowly is always advised. And make sure to follow suggested storage instructions to maintain quality.
Dose is important.
Once you have selected your strain of choice and the way you will choose to consume it, you should still be paying close attention to dose. Maybe your physician has prescribed a specific amount to start with, but even for recreational use, you’ll want to err on the side of a smaller amount and ease up to larger doses slowly. Just like any chemical or drug, more doesn’t mean better. Ask anyone who has ever had way too much wine.
By keeping all of these things in mind and proceeding slowly with when starting with marijuana or new strains, you will find the experience much more pleasurable, relaxing, and most likely rewarding. Be smart about your weed, and your weed will be good to you!
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